August 2009 • Vol. 29 No. 7 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

LACBA Spearheads Effort to Provide Attorneys with Externship Opportunities

The Litigation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association announces the creation of the Legal Public Service Corps.

In an effort to address the unprecedented number of attorneys, recent law school graduates, and law students who have either lost their jobs or are currently unable to find employment in the law during these tough economic times, LACBA’s new Legal Public Service Corps seeks to bring together the skills of recent law school graduates and law students with the public sector (local government) and nonprofit organizations that provide invaluable services to our community.

Now, more than ever, with shrinking budgets and reduced charitable contributions, city and county governments, courts, and nonprofits need the assistance of talented lawyers. Moreover, through the Legal Public Service Corps, lawyers and law students can gain public service experience while contributing to the Los Angeles community.

LACBA leadership strongly believes in the importance of promoting legal talent in the public service arena. On September 11, LACBA will host the Legal Public Service Corps Symposium where interested pro bono extern candidates can meet face-to-face with public sector and nonprofit participants to discuss externship opportunities and learn more about the organizations.

In advance of the September 11 Symposium, interested extern candidates can visit the LACBA Web site to research each potential employer and its available externships. The Web site additionally facilitates the submission of resumes, writing samples, and other relevant materials to the courts, city, county, and nonprofits.

The Legal Public Service Corps continues LACBA’s tradition of leading initiatives that benefit not only the legal community but also the larger Los Angeles community as well. Those interested in an externship should visit the Legal Public Service Corps homepage to learn more about the program and the September 11 Symposium.

Additional questions may be addressed to Cory Lenz at clenz@kbla.com. 




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